Breakout Track 4 – Virtual

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST

BREAKOUT TRACK 4 - SESSION 1

Cutting Through the Hype: Moving from Buzzword to Actionable Risk Intelligence with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

When:
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST

Speaker:
Joseph Ward, OnSolve

As critical events – from the pandemic to civil unrest and domestic terrorism to severe weather – and their swelling impacts come more heavily into focus, business leaders are prioritizing the protection of their assets and asking business continuity and security professionals to deliver an effective risk management and intelligence solution.

Yet, with a constant stream of news, data and social media chatter, the professionals tasked with this effort are overwhelmed with data fatigue and struggle to sift through the noise to pinpoint the critical events that truly affect them. Next generation technology buzzwords like “Artificial Intelligence” and “Machine Learning” are touted for solving these challenges, but are rarely presented in a helpful, tangible solution that has proven results. In this session, you will hear OnSolve Vice President of Product, Joseph Ward, discuss the practical ways AI and Machine Learning can be applied and visualized to help business continuity leaders transform data volumes into actionable risk intelligence.

About Joseph Ward
Joseph Ward is OnSolve’s Vice President of Product. He’s spent the previous 15 years building enterprise software products at companies such as Ciphertrust, McAfee, Damballa, and Ionic Security among others and joined OnSolve in March. He’s so passionate about IT systems that when he’s not working at OnSolve, there’s a very good chance he’s upgrading or deploying his personal cloud infrastructure he runs out of his basement (with a HA replication in an undisclosed location).

BREAKOUT TRACK 4 - SESSION 2

Impact of Digital Transformation on Your Business Continuity Plans

When:
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST

Speaker:
Bart Rys, Everbridge

Cyber Activity is on the rise, and organizations are looking to improve digital resiliency to mitigate the rising threats to the business at large. According to CrowdStrike, in 2019 and 2020 combined, intrusions threatening organizations’ cybersecurity and business operations, across the globe, grew by 400 percent. Cyber incident response is well defined in phases (Preparation, Detection, Analysis, Containment, Eradication, Recovery, and Post-Incident Activity), however, it is critical to reduce friction by breaking down process and technology silos, while bridging the gap between cyber incident response, and business continuity operations. There are a plethora of tools that organizations have invested and yet, Cyber threats remain pervasive. The question no longer is “if” but “when” your organization will be targeted. How well a team responds determines the impact and damage the threat can cause. It is essential to have the team ready for clear Communication, cohesive Collaboration, and automated process Orchestration in responding to these critical events.

Join us as Bart Rys, Director, Business Solutions walks us through:

  • The Role of Communication, Collaboration, and Orchestration on Digital Resiliency
  • Expanding the value of current investments through Orchestration and Response Automation
  • Integrating Cyber Security into Business Continuity Planning

About Bart Rys
Bart Rys currently works as a Director, Business Solutions for the Global Center of Excellence. In this role, he supports Everbridge globally on the execution of Enterprise Strategy and Sales support of the IT Alerting product. Prior to this role, Bart was a Sr. Engagement Manager, streamlining IT Operations and Incident Response for countless Enterprise clients by deploying the Everbridge Platform with a maniacal focus on Customer Success.

BREAKOUT TRACK 4 - SESSION 3

Focusing on Current Trends: Avoiding Potential Impacts of a Disruption

When:
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST

Speaker:
Tracy Hall, Wolf & Company PC

The COVID-19 pandemic, changes to regulatory guidance, and client expectations of our resiliency ensures there will be increased scrutiny in the area of preparedness in the near future. It’s no doubt that organizations will be expected to provide more solid evidence of a strong program. The threat landscape that companies must protect themselves against continues to grow and expand in complexity—increasing demand for availability and ensuring that business can continue in the event of an unplanned interruption. This session will focus on areas of Business Continuity that are being analyzed more than ever and where organizations have fallen short during times of crisis, causing increased downtime that translates into unnecessary impacts to the organization.

About Tracy Hall
Tracy Hall is a Senior Manager in IT Assurance Services group. As one of the leading business continuity planning experts in the country she has 20 years of experience assisting in areas of BCP.

BREAKOUT TRACK 4 - SESSION 4

The Terrible Tensions of Organizational Resilience

When:
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST

Speaker:
Dr. David Lindstedt, Adaptive BC Solutions

What organization would NOT want to be more resilient, especially in the wake of COVID19?

But real resilience often challenges the very core of most institutions.

Is your organization prepared for the delicate balancing and contrarian practices necessary for resilient people in resilient roles?

Join Dr. Lindstedt as he takes us through his research, lessons, and learning about the sometimes intuitive, sometimes strange nature of organizational and individual resilience.

After all: Adopting resilient practices in order to prepare for the next seismic calamity or marketplace disruption might just cause an existential crisis worse than the threats!

About Dr. David Lindstedt
Dr. Lindstedt is a frequent author, instructor, and consultant in project management and business continuity. He is the co-author of Adaptive Business Continuity and creator of several SaaS tools for preparedness practitioners.

BREAKOUT TRACK 4 - SESSION 5

How to Create a Cyber Response Plan When You Are a CBCP Not a CISSP

When:
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST

Speaker:
Ron Kamps, Mutual of Enumclaw

Ron Kamps is the Business Resilience Manager at Mutual of Enumclaw Insurance. He will present their journey to create a structured Cyber Response Plan from various existing processes and activities. Ron will share about the challenges and opportunities he faced as a BC Planner, not a cyber-expert. The session will include actual program slides, lessons learned, tips, and approach techniques on how they went from having no official Cyber Response Plan to having a documented plan, pocket guide, cyber vendor relationships, quarterly exercises, and integration with the Business Resilience Program.

About Ron Kamps
Ron Kamps began his Business Continuity career following Y2K and received his CBCP in 2002. Ron has developed, redesigned, implemented, managed and matured business continuity programs at six companies including three Fortune 500.

BREAKOUT TRACK 4 - SESSION 6

Completing The Cycle - Healthcare Supply Chain Continuity

When:
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST

Speakers:
Roger Stearns, Philips
Jesse Schafer, Mayo Clinic

The pandemic has highlighted the fragility of the global supply chain. From lockdowns, government prioritization, and tier-x closures further intensify an already delicately balanced supply chain. Multiple industry risk surveys have severely underrated the level of risk that supply chain bring to our overall risk model.

To better understand the impact to patient care as an outcome of supply chain continuity, we will review opportunities for a more reliable supply chain. Learn how supply chain risk management professionals can address the threats of supply chain resilience and strengthen the healthcare supply chain. Examples from our individual organizations and opportunities for a broader collaborative approach will be shared. 

Mayo Clinic and Philips have partnered with other like minded partners and suppliers to address supply chain continuity under the umbrella of the Healthcare Industry Resilience Collaborative or “HIRC”. We are evaluating gaps in the supply chain where the value proposition of closing gaps, monitoring threats and transparency/visibility into the entire supply chain.

About Roger Stearns
Roger Stearns has been working in BCMS, Emergency Mgmt. & Risk Mgmt. for 35+ years working in Public, Private, DOD and Municipal organizations. Prior to Philips he had his own BCM consulting business for 5 years, and prior with Fidelity Investments for 13 years.

About Jesse Schafer
Jesse Schafer is a performance consulting manager at Mayo Clinic. He holds a master’s in business administration with a background in supply chain risk management and laboratory diagnostics. He is a certified project management professional. Jesse is the originator of the Healthcare Industry Resilience Collaborative (HIRC) concept and design. The vision of HIRC is a transparent and resilient supply chain achieved through cooperative efforts of providers and suppliers. He is considered a subject matter expert in the areas of supply chain business continuity and medical device explant compliance.

BREAKOUT TRACK 4 - SESSION 7

COVID-19: Now What?

When:
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST

Speaker:
Dr. Lisa Koonin, Health Preparedness Partners

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown multiple curveballs and unexpected challenges to businesses for more than a year; with the disease still spreading and long-term effects to follow- now what? In the summer, 2021, new variants circulated and cases are on the rise, particularly in communities with low vaccination rates. What should business continuity professionals do to safely reopen their workplaces and get ready for the next chapter in this outbreak? What vaccination policy should businesses adopt? Don’t think we are out of the woods! The next challenge is right around the corner. This session will provide six critical steps that all business continuity professionals should take now to learn from the pandemic and incorporate those lessons into immediate action.

About Dr. Lisa Koonin
Dr. Lisa Koonin is the Founder of Health Preparedness Partners (HPP), a firm that helps businesses plan for and respond to health emergencies. Previously, she had a 30+ year career with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

BREAKOUT TRACK 4 - SESSION 8

Organizational Resilience Is Hard: The Soft Skills to Make It a Success

When:
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST

Speaker:
Alex Fullick, StoneRoad

COVID has proven that to be resilient you must look beyond usual ‘response’ mechanisms – BCM, IT DRP, Incident Management, Crisis Management – and look at the secret to the success of resiliency: people. We must understand people, their well-being, empowerment, contribution, and their own level of resilience. Response and recovery mechanisms may contribute to organizational resilience, but it’s the people that develop those responses and if they are to be successful, they need to be nurtured and managed in a way to build success. This means leaders must look at the soft skills involved to create that success and create more resiliency. It ain’t easy honing soft skills, in fact it’s hard. Organizations are waking up to the challenge that IT DRP, response plans, and contingency plans aren’t enough to create a sense of resiliency because resilience is not a destination but a state of mind. That means people. If the worst-case disaster has changed – as COVID has shown – then so too must the way organizations address their resilience and address more than just response plans. The secret to organizational resilience will be in its people and leaders must learn how see them as people, not employees.

About Alex Fullick
Alex Fullick has been assisting major Canadian organizations initiate and manage customized Business Continuity Management (BCM) programs for over 21 years. In 2007 he became the Founder and Managing Director of StoneRoad, a consultancy and training firm specializing in BCM. Alex has performed numerous Business Impacts Analysis (BIA) workshops, developed business contingency strategies and plans, set up crisis management teams, implemented communication strategies and facilitated and coordinated many Disaster Recovery (DR) / Business Continuity tests and exercises; the largest of which included the coordination of teams in 3 countries with over 170 participants from both business and technology groups. Alex also has extensive experience reviewing existing Business Continuity programs and assisting organizations is making them stronger.